Murderer branded merciless savage

REBECCA Rice's family today branded her killer a merciless savage after Stuart Adcock was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years.Stuart Adcock was given a mandatory life sentence at Norwich Crown Court today after stabbing the 18-year-old to death at the flat they shared in Pettistree, near Woodbridge.

REBECCA Rice's family today branded her killer a merciless savage after Stuart Adcock was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years.

Stuart Adcock was given a mandatory life sentence at Norwich Crown Court today after stabbing the 18-year-old to death at the flat they shared in Pettistree, near Woodbridge.

Miss Rice's body was discovered on August 6 last year, two days after 33-year-old Adcock fled following the knife attack, which left his girlfriend dying on the kitchen floor.

In a statement read out after sentencing by Miss Rice's father, Patrick, the family said: "Firstly, on behalf of my family I would like to pay tribute to the police for their unstinting efforts in making sure that the right verdict has been reached in this case.

“Special thanks go to our two family liaison officers Pauline Cullum and Petrina Webb and also to Inspector Kerry Pauling, Sgt John Budgen and Pc Gerald Johnson.

“It is a reality however that true justice can never be achieved in circumstances such as these, because nothing can bring back our wonderful daughter Rebecca.

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“The tears may lessen as the years roll by, but the grief, the sense of loss and the emptiness we feel will remain with us forever.

“The effect on our lives has been devastating as it has been also on many of Rebecca's closest friends who are here today.

“Stuart Adcock has just begun his life sentence (which of course it is not as he will be released after serving only part of his term) but for us the real sentence began last August at the moment we discovered that Rebecca had been so brutally murdered by this violent and merciless savage.

“We are glad though that Adcock has been caught, brought to justice and punished and, although of small comfort to us, it is right for society as a whole that this evil wicked man will not have the opportunity to inflict such pain and grief on another family.

“Rebecca's memory will live with us forever and of course she is here in spirit. May she rest in peace."

After reading the statement, both Mr Rice and his wife Anne said they were unhappy the minimum sentence couldn't be longer. Standing outside the crown court with their two sons Sebastian and Dominic and other family members, Mrs Rice said: "We don't think it's enough. We were expecting more.

"We were disappointed. Fifteen years is the minimum he could have got. If he is released after 16 or 17 years he will come out and he will be my age. I have got a life sentence and it doesn't seem fair that he will come out and perhaps live 20 years in society."

Mrs Rice added Adcock had not shown any remorse for his crime.

She said: "If I think about him I push him out of my mind. I just want to remember Rebecca, her smile, her ambitions and what she achieved in her short life."

She talked about how they had tried to make Adcock welcome in their home for Rebecca's sake, although during the hearing it was revealed that they did have concerns about him.

Mrs Rice added that on the Friday her daughter was killed Miss Rice had mentioned that there was trouble within the relationship. She said: "She came to me on the Friday morning when she wanted to end that relationship. I said 'we'll talk about it, we'll work things out. I think you could part friends. I will regret that to the day I die.

"We are not the only family that have suffered this kind of tragedy and we will not be the last. Our hearts go out to all those other families."

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